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Introducing the American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull: An E-Publication of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West

FPRI 60th Anniversary LogoPhiladelphia, PA – The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) has been proud to sponsor a wide range of publications over the years, including not only our flagship quarterly journal, Orbis, but also a wide array of books and E-Books, ongoing electronic series such as our E-Notes, and the regular updates of our blog, Geopoliticus. Today, as FPRI celebrates its 60th anniversary, we are introducing a new publication to our growing library. The American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull is a monthly electronic journal that will further extend FPRI’s intellectual horizons by providing a forum for reviews and essays related to politics, culture, and international relations in a format offering articles of a variety of lengths and depths.


FPRI’s Fall 2015 Calendar at a Glance

Come join FPRI! See our full calendar of events in the Fall!


For Expert Commentary on the Iran Nuclear Deal

The Foreign Policy Research Institute is making its scholars available to provide expert commentary on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached by the P5+1 - the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany, and the European Union - and the Islamic Republic of Iran on July 14, 2015.


Presenting the Summer 2015 Orbis

Our summer issue of Orbis leads with an article by Derek Reveron and Nick Gvosdev arguing that there is an enduring domestic consensus about America’s role in the world, which arises from a fundamental continuity in U.S. interests. They contend that since World War II, the United States has tended to fill security voids in order to ensure that the international system remains functional. But they say, although future U.S. grand strategy will be global and multilateral, it will be much more selective than it is today. Richard Hooker examines U.S. grand strategy and contends that today’s grand strategy rests on traditional foundations that were visible even at the beginning of the American Republic. No matter how much it may be debated, U.S. grand strategy remains remarkably consistent from decade to decade.


FPRI Seeking Events Coordinator/Receptionist

The Events Coordinator plans and executes all logistical aspects of the approximately 50 events held per year, and performs various office duties as assigned.


High School Teachers to Learn About Ethical Dilemmas in American Warfare

On April 18-19, 40 teachers from 38 schools in 23 states will participate in our annual history institute on American military history, sponsored jointly by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, First Division Museum at Cantigny, and Carthage College.  This is FPRI’s 52nd weekend-long conference for high school teachers, and its 11th weekend on American military history with the First Division Museum. The conference will offer diverse scholarly perspectives on ethical dilemmas and the reasoning behind them in American military history. Each topic will offer a crucial case study in understanding the tension between executive power and legislative prerogative, and also between security and liberty in a free society – issues that resonate with the dilemmas we face today.  A complete agenda, listing speakers and topics, appears at the end of this document.


Opportunity for Teachers to Experience South Korea

The Marvin Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy at the Foreign Policy Research Institute
invites secondary school social studies teachers to apply for participation in a special program.


Presenting the Spring 2015 Issue of Orbis

We kick off the spring issue of Orbis with a very important article by Arthur Waldron, who contends that China’s adoption of a more forward policy militarily and a deeply revisionist approach diplomatically, especially since 2010, took the United States and its allies by surprise because American assumptions about China have been far too optimistic. Waldron surveys the new situation and concludes that neither we, nor our allies, understand the origins of the present situation, and accordingly how to deal with it. He believes that the situation can be managed and retrieved, but not without some major and quite unexpected changes.


PDT Annual Report, 2014

Project on Democratic Transitions
Foreign Policy Research Institute

March 16, 2015


Dear Friends of PDT,


Presenting the Winter 2015 Issue of Orbis

Mac Owens is Editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly journal of international affairs, and Senior Fellow in our Program on National Security. Orbis is published for the Foreign Policy Research Institute by Elsevier. For subscription or other information, visit the Elsevier website. FPRI members at the $150 level or above receive a complimentary subscription (for individuals, not institutions).